> I would expect someone with a Ph.D. in HCI to have excellent research > skills, extensive knowledge of methodologies and theories, and the > ability > to write papers, but I would never assume or expect any more > interactive > design skill than someone without a degree.
That just seems wrong to me. I realize this may be the reality, but it
still seems wrong to me.
Why spend all that time getting a PhD if you end up only being an
academic? How useful is that? I mean... the schooling you get for law
and medicine doesn't give you on the job the training, but people come
out of those education programs ready to work. Why should a PhD in
anything related to HCI, Interaction, or any form of high-tech design
not be the same?
It's a PhD! I expect people with PhDs to be *damn* good at everything
the job entails. I expect people with a Masters to be just a little
less in comparison. Otherwise, why spend all that time studying? And in
fact, what are they studying if not the skills needed on the job?